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The Condition of Education 2014

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Trends in Employment Rates by Educational Attainment

The employment to population ratio, also referred to as the employment rate, represents the proportion of the civilian population that is employed, and it is used as a measure of labor market conditions and the economy’s ability to provide jobs for a growing population. In 2012, the employment rate was 69 percent for young adults (those ages 20–24) and 74 percent for 25- to 34-year-olds. Between 1990 and 2012, employment rates for adults with at least a bachelor’s degree were higher than employment rates for adults without a bachelor’s degree. This pattern was consistently observed for young adults, 25- to 34-year-olds (a subset of 25- to 64-year-olds).

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